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What if I need dialysis but I have a fear of needles?

What if I need dialysis but I have a fear of needles?

Dialysis and needles: There is a form of dialysis that is done without needles using a catheter in the belly. Also, I have had many patients who feared needles but were able to adapt to the necessary needle sticks of hemodialysis. It will take effort, but it is well worthwhile. ...Read more

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Dr. Quresh Khairullah
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Dialysis (Definition)

Simple answer is that it is a medical technology used primarily to provide an artificial replacement for lost kidney function in people with renal failure. Hemodialysis remove wastes and excess water from the blood by circulating blood outside the body through an external filter, called a dialyzer. Blood and dialysate flow through in opposite directions and the ...Read more


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Will I have to get poked with a needle when I get a peritoneal dialysis?

Will I have to get poked with a needle when I get a peritoneal dialysis?

Not for the dialysis: No needle sticks are needed to do the peritoneal dialysis procedure. But routine blood tests, which require a needle stick each time they are done, are performed at least once a month. These tests monitor the effectiveness of the treatment and monitor the associated problems (like anemia, hormone and electrolyte problems) related to the renal failure that has caused the need for dialysis. ...Read more

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Please tell me what can I use to numb my arm before getting poked with needles for dialysis?

Please tell me what can I use to numb my arm before getting poked with needles for dialysis?

Numbing of arm: You can do several things to make your arm numb so the cannulation (c) of your vascular access is less troublesome. One is ask the physician to order the nurses to inject some Lidocaine (l) over the sites they use for cannulation, or use some l ointment. Another option is to spray Ethyl Chloride over the access sites of c, this causes the skin to be numb for a brief period of time. Good luck. ...Read more

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Why do physicians use metal needles to access dialysis fistula?

Why do physicians use metal needles to access dialysis fistula?

It is less traumatic: Usually specially-trained nurses or technicians access dialysis fistulas, not physicians. Metal needles are used to help penetrate the skin and the thickened wall of the vein accurately and with minimal trauma. Sometimes blunt needles are used (if a buttonholing technique is being employed). ...Read more

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My father, a diabetic patient & now undergone dialysis having needle sensation if on his chest skin. Can u explain about it & how to cure it?

My father, a diabetic patient & now undergone dialysis having needle sensation if on his chest skin. Can u explain about it & how to cure it?

Unfortunately: Unfortunately when you have kidney disease and need dialysis your skin does not work correctly. You can have a secondary dermatitis and unusual skin sensations. Please see your dermatologist for evaluation and to discuss treatment options. ...Read more

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What to do about my fear of needles?

What to do about my fear of needles?

CBT for some works: In contrast to other forms of psychotherapy, cognitive therapy is usually more focused on the present, more time-limited, and more problem-solving oriented. In addition, patients learn specific skills that they can use for the rest of their lives. These skills involve identifying distorted thinking, modifying beliefs, relating to others in different ways, and changing behaviors. ...Read more

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How can I cope with the blood and needle fear?

How can I cope with the blood and needle fear?

Phobias: Hemophobia = fear of blood & Trypanophobia + fear of needles. Consider Cognitive Behavior, psychotherapy, Exposure therapy or hypnosis to deal with your fears. ...Read more

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Advice? I am having trouble with my fear of needles?

Advice? I am having trouble with my fear of needles?

CBT: Seek a cognitive-behavioral therapist who specializes in phobias. One method they use is systematic desensitization which slowly and incrementally brings the person closer and closer to the thing they are afraid of in slow, graduated steps that help make the anxiety more tolerable. ...Read more

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What is done for someone with a serious fear of needles?

What is done for someone with a serious fear of needles?

Applied Tension: 3-5% of population estimated 2have a needle phobia - trypanophobia. It's poorly understood & prevents many from seeking medical/dental care. It's unlike other phobias: they generally cause heart rate & BP 2rise + feelings of panic. But trypanophobia causes heart rate & BP 2fall + fainting. Learn applied tension technique: http://bit. Ly/11imvmd try linical psychologist who's anxiety expert 4 help. ...Read more

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How can I get over fear of needles?

How can I get over fear of needles?

CBT: Systematic desensitization is a specific type of behavior therapy that is very helpful to individuals to overcome fears. It involves gradual exposure to the feared stimulus while teaching a person to be able to be able to acclimate to their own feelings of fear. Contact a licensed psychologist trained in cognitive behavioral therapy for this type of treatment. ...Read more

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How do I get over my fear of needles?

How do I get over my fear of needles?

Ind source: If you can remember what causes it then addressing the fear directly with help you get over it. Hypnosis can help. Efr (emotional freedom technique...Can easily find on the web) can also help. Homeopathic argentum nitricum can help before specific situations. Also using oragel on the arm 5 minutes before blood draws helps numb the area and that helps those who don't like pain. ...Read more

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How can I overcome a fear of needles?

Needle phobia: Try to expose your self to needles gradually, have a friend accompany to your next doctor's appointment when you have blood work. Ask your doctor to help with your anxiety as well. This is a learned fear that can be reduced significantly with gradual exposure. Best. ...Read more

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How can I get over bad fear of needles?

How can I get over bad fear of needles?

CBT: Seek a cognitive-behavioral therapist who specializes in phobias. One method they use is systematic desensitization which slowly and incrementally brings the person closer and closer to the thing they are afraid of in slow, graduated steps that help make the anxiety more tolerable. ...Read more

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I have needle fear or phobia? What do I do?

I have needle fear or phobia? What do I do?

CBT: Seek a cognitive-behavioral therapist who specializes in phobias. One method they use is systematic desensitization which slowly and incrementally brings the person closer and closer to the thing they are afraid of in slow, graduated steps that help make the anxiety more tolerable. ...Read more

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What do I do to get over my fear of needles?

What do I do to get over my fear of needles?

Manage any phobia: With relaxation training & cognitive behavioral therapy with gradual exposure. Learning to calm your body and your mind is the key. Find a mental health professional who treats anxiety/phobia. Biofeedback helps learn relaxation (www. Bcia. Org & www. Aapb. Org). ...Read more

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Is there anyway I get rid of my fear if needles?

CBT: Depending on if a particular event induced the fear (traumatic memory), cognitive-behavioral therapy can often help. You also need a patient Nurse/Dr with needle...can try cool spray or topical numbing to reduce discomfort and reinforce it being an OK experience. Smaller needles (higher gauge #s) hurt less (& length does not matter). ...Read more

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Can I tell me how I can get over my fear of needles?

Can I tell me how I can get over my fear of needles?

CBT: Cognitive behavioral therapy is a great way to get over various fears and phobias. You need a psychologist or other psychotherapist who's experienced with this, for best results. Sometimes hypnosis can be helpful too. You can find psychotherapists in your area via http://www. Psychologytoday. Com/ -- use the menu under "find a therapist" and put in your zip code. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What could cause my intense fear of needles (shots)?

What could cause my intense fear of needles (shots)?

What's excessive?: Nobody likes shots. Phobias grow as avoidance of the feared event increases. Perhaps your fears have caused you to exaggerate the pain associated with shots. The fears can go away quickly. I treated a person with shot phobias who shortly after starting treatment was dx'd with diabetes. He had to start giving himself Insulin shots and lost his shot phobia in about one week. Quick cure! ...Read more

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Fear (Definition)

I would define fear as an insecure feeling, a feeling of impending doom! This is a sort of defense mechanism we developed that help us to survive. Fear helps us from falling "off the cliffs, " as we know the consequences; and help us survive. Children unknowingly, fall off, as ...Read more